Venetia is rarely without a camera in hand, spurred by her passion and curiosity for people and places, and her fascination for light and her craft. Over the past twenty years her work has been published and exhibited worldwide. Her enthusiasm and commitment to her work means her time is split between long term personal projects, and commissions for private and commercial clients, magazines, and charitable organisations.
Her interest in photography began at school in the darkroom, and following an MA in Anthropology and a Postgraduate Degree in Photojournalism, she began a career in documentary photography in 2001. She has seamlessly crossed over into the world of fine art, exhibiting in various prestigious solo and group shows internationally.
Her photographs often oscillate between the intimacies of friendship and kinship ties on the one hand and the wider landscape on the other, serving to contextualise her subjects and asking the viewer to reflect on the way of life in the places she moves through.
She has given talks in New York, Paris, Oslo and around the UK to students and professionals, sharing her tips of the trade and her journey to date. A member of VII Photo from 2011 – 2013, and a project facilitator for PhotoVoice, she is passionate about exploring the importance of the visual narrative. She has sat on the judging panel of various photographic competitions and continues to offer mentorship to emerging talent.
Her award-winning project of families living close to the land, resulted in the publication of her first book “Somerset Stories, Fivepenny Dreams” 2008. Her second book “Glastonbury, Another Stage”, 2010, a seven year portrait study of the largest performing Music and Arts Festival in the UK, was exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery. “Mulberry”, 2011 was the result of a two year collaboration documenting every aspect of the British Brand. Her sell out book , “Eight Days’, 2012, was a personal exploration of freedom and the American Road trip. Following an assignment to Tangiers in 2013 where she met artist and publisher Elena Prentice, came 'Notes from Tangiers' 2015. She contributed to “Rise”, commissioned by Geneva Global, documenting women at work in Ethiopia, 2016. Her recent contribution to “209 Women”, portraits of female MP’s by female photographers, is currently on tour around the UK, 2019.
Venetia is presently based in Italy with her family, where she is exploring new work and raising her two daughters.
Exhibitions and Awards
‘209 women’ exhibition, 2018-2019
PhotoVogue Exhibition Milan, 2016
Fix Photo Fair, London 2016
‘Glastonbury Another Stage’, The Whitecloth Gallery, Leeds 2014
‘On the Road’, Organ Vida Festival . Zagreb, 2013,
‘Glastonbury, Another Stage’ Bang Wallop, Salcombe, UK 2013
‘Somerset Stories, Fivepenny Dreams’ Espace Jorg Brockmann Gallery, Switzerland 2012
‘Somerset Stories’ Focale Gallery, Switzerland, 2012
‘Eight Days’ Noordelicht Photofestival, Netherlands, 2012
‘Somerset Stories’ PhotoAumnales Festival, France, 2012
‘Eight Days’ VII Gallery, Brooklyn, New York 2012
‘Eight Days’ Recontres D’Arles Book Awards, 2012
Awarded the Vic Odden award by the Royal Photographic Society, 2011
Judges the Taylor Wessing Photographic Awards, National Portrait Gallery, 2011
‘Eight Days’ Coldharbour Gallery, London, 2011
Publication of Eight Days by Kehrer Verlag, 2011
Solo exhibition at the VII Gallery, Brooklyn, New York2010
Solo exhibition at Raw Gallery, Australia, 2010
Solo exhibition at Edel Assanti, London, 2010
Publication of Mulberry’s 40th anniversary book, 2010
Solo exhibition, ‘Glastonbury, Another Stage’, National Portrait Gallery, London, 2010 Publication of ‘Glastonbury, Another Stage’, Kehrer Verlag, 2010
Publication of ‘Somerset Stories, Fivepenny Dreams’, by Kehrer Verlag, 2008
Won the Photographic Prize at ITSPHOTO Awards, Trieste, Italy, 2008
Selected for Portrait Awards 2007, National Portrait Gallery, 2007
Selected for Peek 2007 Awards, USA, 2007
Selected for Schwepps Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery, 2006
Solo exhibition of Portraits selected by the National Portrait Gallery, London, 2005
Postgraduate Course in Photojournalism, LCP, London, 1999-2000
MA in the studies of Comparative Religion, Anthropology and History of Art, 1994-1998
Adam & Eve, Agence H-ParisAimaq, AMV BBDO, BBH UK, BBH USA, CHI, RKCR/Y&R, DDB UK, DLKW, Fallon, MC Saatchi, TBWA FR,TBWA\MAL, Universal Germany.
(APPLE, Aptiom, Boots, Carex, ERGO, Eurostar, Every Mother Counts, Fairtraide Foundation, Fruitshoot, George Asda, Haagan Das, HSBC, Joie, Kronenbourg, Lipton, Lloyds, Mulberry Ltd, McCain, PNC, L’Occitane, Roger Vivier Ltd, Sainsbury's, Sony BMG, Temperley Ltd, Vaseline, Vodafone, VW).
125, 6 Mois, American Vogue, British Vogue, Departures Magazine, Elle, Harpers Bazaar, Le Monde, Marie Claire Italy, MSF (Doctors without Borders), New York Magazine, Nido, Stern Magazine, The Sunday Times Magazine, The Telegraph Magazine, W Magazine, Vogue Bambini.